Hi, so I haven't kept birds in years but a new move to a place that I can keep a small flock is happening. I'm still in the planning stages, planning and building the coop in the next month and looking to pick up chicks in May. Ive decided on Barnevelder chickens instead of the Muscovy ducks I usually raise, I've kept chickens before but only because they were abandoned, good layers but stupid birds. I'm hoping I enjoy my chicken experience with the Barnevelder breed more, anyways to my point. I only wanted to start with 6 chickens, 5 hens and a rooster but the breeder is telling me I will have issues with that ratios and my hens will get beat up, they recommend 8-10 hens per rooster. Thoughts on a small flock please. I may decide my husband can't have his rooster or may decide to get some cheaper chickens to make up the numbers as the Barnevelder breed are not cheap. The coop will be a good size and they will be able to free range a decent amount of a fenced yard, I just didn't want to many to start with but sourcing these birds are hard so I may not get another chance for a few years.